Rafael Nadal Snatches Jimmy Connors’ Insane Record After Victory at French Open 2021 Quarter-Finals

Published 06/09/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning his quarter final match against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


World number three Rafael Nadal is unstoppable at the ongoing French Open. The Spaniard defeated Diego Schwartzman in four sets 6-3,4-6,6-4,6-0 in 2hours and 45 minutes. Despite the Argentinian winning the second set, Nadal’s dominance continued on court Philippe Chatrier.

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Looking at the match stats, the Spaniard managed to win 61 points played under 4 shots in comparison to Schwartzman who won 34 points. Even though the Argentinian won longer rallies, he failed to find ways to cut points shorter as Nadal did throughout the match.

The Spaniard was able to win 68% of points on the second serve while Schwartzman managed to win just 46%. The world number ten was unable to build up momentum on the return games, especially while returning the second serve of Nadal.

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 3, 2021 Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action during his second round match against France’s Richard Gasquet REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

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Even though the baseline exchanges were highly entertaining, Schwartzman’s inability to clinch quick points proved costly. Also, his below-average form coming to the French Open didn’t give much confidence to play freely against the 20-time grand slam champion.

With this victory, the Spaniard reached his 14th semi-final at Roland Garros, which is a record in itself. Every time Nadal wins a match on the Parisian clay, he is bound to shatter a record or two.

Rafael Nadal breaks Jimmy Connors’ record after quarter-final victory at French Open

Talking about records, Nadal created unique record after winning the fourth set against Schwartzman, 6-0. He surpassed Jimmy Connors‘ record for giving the highest number of bagels in a grand slam tournament. The veteran tennis player gave 22 bagels at the US Open in his long career.

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Nadal, on the other hand, gave 23 bagels to his opponents so far at the French Open. Along with several path-breaking records that prove the Spaniard’s dominance, this bagel record will give nightmares to each and every player who received it(the latest being Diego Schwartzman).

With each passing year, Rafael Nadal is proving to be a player to avoid facing on the men’s singles draw at Roland Garros. Even Schwartzman wished to not face the Spaniard next year in Paris owing to the latter’s absolute dominance on the red-dirt.

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Sagar Ashtakoula

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Sagar Ashtakoula is a tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the sport since 2007. Having developed an interest in creating content, he mixed his passion for writing with his love for tennis for 2 years at SportsKeeda before joining the tennis team at EssentiallySports.

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